The Broken Record “We need better documentation.” “The documentation is lacking.” “Where is the documentation?” These statements are repeated in one form or another everywhere I have worked. It takes a lot of effort to keep documentation up to date. Especially if changes happen rapidly. Even so I have experienced, firsthand, the immense value of […]

A note to young developers Okay, so databases didn’t teach me everything, but close enough. So much so I thought I would share my journey from fledgling developer to a data architect. What should I be? I’m getting older. No, I didn’t say old. I said “older.” As in maturing: Age-wise and experience-wise. Something that […]

I’ve been in the technology realm for over 15 years now. In every place I’ve worked, from brand new developer to architect, there is a common problem. The technology team tends to be very separated from the people who use what they create and support. There are support representatives who take calls, emails or chats […]

I ran into another generic error today while trying to publish changes to an Azure Data Factory pipeline. One of the things that really irks me with this tool is that the error messages are famously unhelpful. They don’t tell you what the problem is directly. Instead, they redirect you to unhelpful, generic documentation. Here […]

Lately I’ve been using Azure Data Factory for a few data movement tasks. Like a good developer, I linked my factory to GitHub. I like to know I can recover from big mistakes somewhat easily. However, I ran into issues when something got out of whack. I’ll address two issues here: Azure Data Factory reporting […]

Stuff here could apply to other industries and professions. I work in technology, so that’s the spin. If you work in technology you have seen ugly things. Not many of us want to work on them. They’re the old relics of software teams past, where all product knowledge has disappeared. The projects you want to […]

Typescript, Unit tests and AWS Lambdas – Part 1

I admit it. I like it. I’ve taken a keen liking to developing with Typescript. Especially combining it with AWS Lambda functions. I don’t tend to jump on the newest development fad bandwagon, but my job took me down this path. And I’m glad for it. I still won’t give up Java™ as my favorite […]

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